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Review of the Effects of Decentralized Purchasing Authority , Report No. 95-34, February 1996
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  • In recent years, the Legislature and the Department of Management Services (DMS) have given agencies more authority to buy needed items without having to obtain approval from a centralized purchasing unit. This decentralization has generally had positive effects, saving time for agencies and allowing DMS to cut staff and administrative costs.
  • State purchasing should be further streamlined. The dollar limit at which agencies may buy commodities without having to obtain DMS approval should be raised, and the requirement that agencies obtain approval of agency term contracts, print shop equipment purchases, and waivers of advertising should be eliminated. This would cut paperwork and allow DMS to concentrate its efforts on activities that add the most value to the state, including negotiating statewide contracts and reviewing high-cost purchases.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Management Services
Support Program

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 01-35 Progress Report: Management Services Makes Progress by Implementing OPPAGA Recommendations, published in August 2001.
  • Report No. 97-16 Follow-up Report on the Effects of Decentralized Purchasing Authority, published in November 1997.

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